Monday, June 13, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 63: Handed People and Honorary Pallbearers

Hey folks! 

Coming at you again with another look into my week in Sweden in the land of Göteborg! I will have to keep this one relatively short so I thought I would just share some highlights from the week. 

It was National Day last Monday, so we joined with the Ward at the Church to celebrate it and eat some korv med bröd and sing the Swedish National Anthem! Cool stuff! We also went out to Slottsskogen with some other missionaries and enjoyed the beautiful weather! That evening we headed out to Hjällbo and gave a previous tracted door a Persian Book of Mormon, plus talked to some Iranian fellows about what we do. 

We saw the Lord hand us our first blessing this past week as we were working in Hjällbo on Tuesday. After contacting around a little bit, were about to head home and eat lunch when a less-active member that I had only met once before saw us and walked up to us. He then invited us back to his place to chat for a bit and we had a nice time talking to him and getting to know him better. His name is Staffan and he was recently married, and he told us that he would like missionaries to meet with his wife and teach her about the Church! We gladly accepted and this past Saturday, we went back and had our first lesson with Sara! Super good visit and experience! She is super excited to continue meeting and to start reading from the Book of Mormon! I walked out of there just feeling good inside and knew that the Lord was looking out for us. Icing on the cake was that they even came to Church yesterday, and Sara is eager to come several times more! So wonderful! 

In other news, we went on Splits with the Alingsås Elders on Wednesday, Elder Falkner came here and he and I had a fun time. We had lunch with Zene and the Zone Leaders that day and met with Juha and Agha as well as Chris and Sanna. Juha is kind of on hold right now, still not coming to Church. Looks like its going to be a "Do or Die" type lesson this week, more to follow on that situation soon. 

We had the usual District meeting on Thursday, as well as had dinner with Sis. Liljansalo with the Zone Leaders then Home Evening at the Camman's per norm. 

Friday morning was pretty interesting actually. Elder Cragun and I and the Zone Leaders were asked to be Pallbearers at the funeral service for a member of the ward who recently passed away, so we attended the service which was very well done. The things you do on a mission. Gave us a good opportunity to meet members of his wife's family who are not members and overall was an interesting yet special experience. 

Also on Saturday evening, after contacting a lady on a bench, a man who had been waiting for us to finish talking with her came up to us and introduced himself as Sven-Andersson, a member of the Church. We were a little taken aback, we continued to talking to this elderly man and got his number and he gladly invited us to come visit him. His apartment was just across where we had been talking to the lady to! The Lord blessed us yet again. Inspired contacts! 

Elder Cragun and I had a great Sunday, taught some classes, and then did lots of tracting in Angered before going to Kirk's for Correlation meeting. I received answers to my prayers this past week on finding out what I can do better, and in a talk in sacrament meeting I was answered that I need to do a better job of focusing on the positives. The Lord is aware of each of us and supports us in our trials. He sends help our way and blesses us according to our obedience and diligence. That was evident this last week. If you want more examples of this, read Alma 56 and ponder about Antipus.

I hope you all have a great week! Focus on the positive! 

Mycket Kärlek,
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Äldste Stefan Reed

Varma hälsningar från Sverige

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Mailing Information

Elder Stefan Reed
Enebybergsvägen 38
182 46, Enebyberg
Sweden

Enjoying National Day in Slottsskogen

Elder Treat!

Pallbearers; in front of the Hearst

Food pics

Food pics

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